Revenge star Ashley Madekwe attended an event across the pond at Harvey Nichols in London, and the ensemble she chose proved that tweed can be classy and sassy. The actress wore a matching red tweed shorts suit by Australian label Willow, then turned the ladylike fabric on its head by pairing it with a black crop top. Sexy black Christian Louboutin pointy pumps showed off some toe cleavage, while her glittery clutch added mega shine. Let Ashley inspire you to invest in a tweed shorts suit if you don't already have one. You can wear it with a silk blouse for a demure look, then follow Ashley's lead by sporting it with a crop top for a playful flair.
It's Valentine's Day today, and who better to draw inspiration from than one of the loveliest models, Miranda Kerr, who showed off her gorgeous gams in a tweed Willow miniskirt at David Jones department store in Sydney. The gorgeous Aussie styled her ladylike skirt with a sheer white blouse and gray Prada pumps, which are a nice change from classic black or nude. This mini pairs impeccably with red, pink, or orange, making it perfect for the day of amour. Shop like items to mimic Miranda's enchanting style, or if you have a pink mini in your closet, pair it with a white silk blouse, gray pumps, and a hot-pink blazer for a ladylike-cum-leggy Valentine's night.
Cocktail attire doesn't have to mean cocktail dress, and this season we're taking inspiration from menswear trends when dressing for the evening hours. Picture the above jackets and vests with skinny tuxedo trousers—like Stella McCartney's lace-trimmed stretch pants or Preen Line's PVC leggings—and a heavy heel or bootie for an I'm-with-the-boys party look.
We're loving Australian designer Kit Willow's Grecian pleated details. For her fall 2009 collection, Willow paired pleated dresses and skirts with tailored jackets and chiffon blouses to achieve her signature romantic look. Equally notable in the pleats department—Phillip Lim's structured bib necklace, and Catherine Malandrino's sexy bustier dress.
>> The first official look at how Spring 2010 New York Fashion Week is shaping up will come Friday, when the first edition of the Fashion Calendar ships, but until then, we've got a few hints.
“There will be a lot more shows than last year," according to The Calendar's Ruth Finley, which means Anna Wintour won't be pleased. Last season, Anna said that "a lot of people before were having shows that simply shouldn’t have been having them," adding: "It’s much better to see them in the showroom or more of a low-key presentation. It’s more realistic." It seems like a number of designers didn't heed her advice — Finley says that this upcoming season, "There are a lot of new people [showing] you have never heard of."
Last week, I showed you this beautiful willow pergola, which was featured at Sunset's Celebration Weekend. You can tour the Mod Cottage where the pergola was featured, if you missed the great photos of this cool house.
The woven technique used in the pergola is referred to as wattle. Wattle is an ancient technique that was used for traditional homes and fences. Its beautiful, natural look enhances the Mod Cottage, but you can easily weave a willow wattle for use as a trellis, fence, or arbor around your home. Want to learn how to make this willow wattle pergola? Then read more
Having never seen the movie Willow, which this video from the freaktastic Leslie and the Lys is loosely (understatement of the year) based on, I don't entirely get what's going on. Willow's gotta save a Daikini child from someone . . . er something like that. Sorry, I'm too distracted by Leslie's gold jumpsuit and gnarly dance moves. Maybe you can fill me in.
Willow Fall Winter 2008 Fashion Show
In addition to the boom of floral prints expected for Spring, we'll be seeing a lot of rose-colored frocks. Red is a classic color, and appears every season, but the most common shades this season are rose and poppy colored. So it seems, florals are back in more ways than one. Click through our gallery with rose and poppy colored garments from Carolina Herrera, Rebecca Taylor,Three As Four, Temperley, and Tracey Reese. To drive the point home, we've even included a few red floral prints.